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Terry McMaster wants Derry to build on the momentum

By Michael Sadlier

In 2B there is really no escaping the two Ulster derbies which pitch unbeaten leaders City of Derry against Dungannon while struggling Armagh meet Rainey Old Boys.

City of Derry make the journey to Stevenson Park where coach Terry McMaster will be plotting a fifth win from five games for his strong squad who will travel with some confidence after only narrowly losing out to Division 1A outfit Ballynahinch in last weekend's Ulster Senior Cup.

McMaster has David Funston and David Houston back after missing two games and, otherwise, has no injury concerns ahead of meeting Gannon on their home patch.

"Now the challenge is to keep the momentum going," said McMaster ahead of the derby clash.

"We know that (Dungannon coaches) Andy Hughes and Seamus Mallon will have Gannon up for it and that what happens when you make a good start is that everybody wants to knock you off the top," McMaster cautiously added.

In the other 2B derby, Rainey Old Boys head to Armagh and will be without Ronan McCusker who was concussed in the Senior Cup defeat to Queen's University though they do have Nicholas Sterling returning from a long-term absence.

As for Armagh, they are likely to keep something close to the side which lost heavily at Derry a fortnight ago, with both Matthew Wright and Matthew Clarke possibly returning to action, and really need the win to move away being one off the bottom.

Meanwhile, up in 2A, leaders Banbridge are on the road at Skerries and will have backs Lee Steenson, Shandon Scott, Jonny Little and Clark McAllister back in their starting line-up.

Up front, they have Peter Cromie and James McCrum also returning while Dale Carson will be in the back row after injury.

Queen's University travel to Naas while Malone, who are a place behind Queen's, meet Thomond at Gibson Park, out to atone for their reverse at UCC.

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